April has arrived and there’s plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to experience this month. From charity runs to Easter egg hunts, concerts to comedy, here are 49 things to do around the city this April.
What: A point-to-point, certified net downhill course from Gibsons to Sechelt, with friendly West Coast hospitality, low entry fee, rural setting, finisher’s medals, hot soup and fun. Just a quick ferry ride or flight from Vancouver, and benefiting the Sunshine Coast Food Bank.
Where: Gibsons & Area Community Centre, 700 Park Road, Gibsons
What: Add a spring to your step during Daffodil Month with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Dash – a 1 km walk, 5 km run, and mini dash for kids that raises funds for cancer research and prevention and support for people living with the disease right now.
Where: Vancouver at Creekside Park, the North Shore at Ambleside Park and Port Moody at Rocky Point Park
What: The Zolas are hitting the road in support of their latest album, Swooner. Held down by the two original members Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray, The Zolas are joined by Cody Hiles and DJ Abell for this tour. Louise Burns opens.
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Over the past five years, twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden have been relatively quiet when it came to their multi-platinum selling band Good Charlotte. In 2015, the timing finally felt right to breathe new life into the band. They called up bassist Paul Thomas, guitarist/keyboardist Billy Martin, and drummer Dean Butterworth to get the band back together. Good Charlotte is touring in support of their latest album, Youth Authority.
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Get ready to drop it like it’s hot because Snoop Dogg is heading out on his Wellness Retreat Tour and he’ll be joined by Cypress Hill, Method Man & Redman. Last time Uncle Snoop visited Vancouver was in April 2016, where he performed a two-hour DJ set at Chinatown’s Fortune Soundclub. Unsurprisingly, he – and everyone else there – got pretty high.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: Seasons Electronic Music Festival will be returning to Metro Vancouver from April 12 to 16. Over the course of the festival, Seasons presents concerts, club shows, label showcases, demos, panels, lectures, and interactive visuals & art installations, culminating in a fully immersive, 2-day main event at the Pacific Coliseum.
Where: Pacific Coliseum and various other Downtown venues
What: Bastille is touring its sophomore album, Wild World, which debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the UK albums charts. The album is the follow up to 2013’s Bad Blood which has sold more than four million copies worldwide. Bad Blood also included the 5x Platinum single, “Pompeii,” arguably one of the biggest tracks in 2013.
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
What: The Easter Salmon makes its annual return this year to hide eggs for the little ones to find throughout the historic cannery. At 10:30 am, The Great Salmon “Egg” Hunt will start and repeat every 30 minutes throughout the day with the last egg hunt at 4:30 pm. There will also be Easter crafts, games and an interactive story-time suitable for kids ages 2 to 12 years old.
What: Celebrate Easter in style with a two-day Easter themed Afternoon Tea featuring Fairmont’s fine tea blends, alongside savoury and sweet creations from the hotel’s in-house pastry shop. If the tiny tot wants to tag along, Fairmont offer Children’s Easter Tea, which includes kid-friendly tea sandwiches, scones, and delicious sweets.
Where: Fairmont Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
What: Take part in the 9th Annual A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Afterwards, enjoy some fun crafts and activities or check out the yummy food selections and explore the beauty in our 55 acre garden.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
What: The Fictionals welcome stand-up luminary Patrick Maliha to Cafe Deux Soleils for Pop-Up Comedy Jam. Patrick has performed on CBC radio, SiriusXM, CTV’s Comedy Now, and on CBC television’s national broadcast of The Winnipeg Comedy Festivals Characters Gala. He is also the world record holder for most impressions in one minute.
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What: A unique theatrical tour de force – every show is different as 8 professional actors delved into the twisted mind of writer John McGie as he creates wild characters that they bring to life. Promises to be hilariously dramatic and shockingly surreal.
Where: Seven Dining Loung – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
What: It’s thrilling, it’s risqué, it’s maybe just a little bit spooky – like Edgar Allan Poe juggling knives in leather pants and a raven feather boa – it’s The Fringe Cabaret: After Dark! As the lights go out and the clock winds toward the witching hour audiences should prepare for acts ranging from ludicrous to spine tingling, from tantalizing to potentially baroque, and from the mildly funny to the utterly droll.
Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
What: Original, hilarious, knee-slapping sketch comedy with twists on Vancouver’s pop culture, and musical and magical interludes along the way. All net proceeds from the show go to the Alzheimer Society of BC.
Where: PAL Studio Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is Vancouver’s signature springtime event, waking the city up from winter hibernation to an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930s, the cherry blossom now inspires a month of arts and cultural community events. Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation.
BLOOM, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival returns this year on April 10 (The Abbotsford Tulip Festival)
What: The Abbotsford Tulip Festival features 10 acres of tulips blooming in a brilliant display of colour! With over 35 varieties on display, the Festival is here to celebrate the start of spring and to promote agriculture in the Fraser Valley.
What: Earth Day at Everett Crowley Park offers a wide range of free family-oriented fun including professional performers, music, dancing, cultural and ecological exhibits, and children’s activities. Help plant 1000 native mushrooms to help grow forest roots.
Where: Everett Crowley Park – 8200 Kerr St, Vancouver
What: The annual Capture Photography Festival celebrates and promotes photography and lens-based art throughout Metro Vancouver with nearly 100 exhibitions, public art projects, and educational activities. The Festival promotes awareness of Vancouver’s unique history of photo-conceptualism, inspires community engagement, and creates platforms for showcasing new practices from local, international, and emerging artists.
What: Girl Rising tells nine stories of nine girls, each one about how education can change the future for girls, their families, communities and entire nations. Presented by Vancouver School of Yoga and Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage
Where: Vancouver School of Yoga – 300-342 Water Street, Vancouver
What: Instant Theatre hosts a monthly BYOB party – Bring Your Own Boardgame party. Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride. Bring whatever you love playing and introduce others to it. Great way to make new friends and get your game on.
Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays.
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery – 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
What: Two of the most exciting producers in today’s music scene, and both hailing from Poland. Artic Moon and Indecent Noise perform in Vancouver for the only time in 2017, and will be joined onstage by Discover Records, Seattle Trance Alliance and MarQ.
Where: Prive Night Club- 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
What: Can’t make it to Coachella? Don’t sweat it because NITE*MOVES is turning The Biltmore Cabaret into a desert oasis. Featuring Can I live Dj’s, Simoniz, Bernie Lomax and Sir Prance-A-lot playing 2017 Coachella acts all night long.
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
What: New Sound Collective is back, and this time they’re bringing deep house vibes to Gastown. NSC has teamed up with the folk over at Are you MIA to present an unbelievable night with some of the best house music in Vancouver.
What: MetaCoSM is an immersive multimedia event featuring the live painting experience of world renowned visionary artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. MetaCoSM is seamlessly set within an environment of high calibre music, visual projections, performances and a CoSM art exhibition.
What: This one day conference is dedicated to the science and art of marketing innovation and offers attendees the opportunity to learn through an interactive, thought leadership approach. Featuring fresh insights, networking, compelling content, and a lineup of talented speakers.
When: April 4 from 8 am to 4:30 pm
Where: The Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Tickets start at $380, available online via BCAMA
What: Join hundreds of professionals and business owners at Western Canada’s biggest Marketing and PR event – The Change in the Making Conference (CIMC). This is your opportunity to learn from industry leaders and horn in on practical digital marketing skills and trends while building lasting connections within the industry.
When: April 5 and 6 from 8:30 am to 6 pm
Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park – 39645 Government Road, Squamish
What: Face-to-face discussions with North America’s hottest franchises, plus proven part-time business opportunities. Must attend seminars for aspiring business owners and countless opportunities to make a big, bold change.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
What: The largest annual conference on real estate investment and management in the region. Vancouver Real Estate Forum will deliver a fast-paced, information-packed program focusing on key issues and challenges facing real estate investors, developers, asset managers, brokers and other professionals active in every facet of commercial, industrial, residential and investment real estate.
What: Join the UBC Sauder Club of Vancouver for an exclusive CEO Breakfast with the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), David Labistour, to hear about his journey to running one of Canada’s top outdoor retail businesses.
Where: YWCA Metro Vancouver, Welch Room 1, 4th Floor – 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver